Meet the SAFE Peer Educators
Hi! My name is Aarti (She/Her/Hers) and I’m a junior (Class of 2021) from Northville, Michigan. I’m a Neuroscience and Anthropology double major, Chemistry minor and receiving a certificate in Conceptual Foundations of Medicine. I have always wanted to make a positive impact in people’s lives and therefore am pursuing a career path as a physician.
On campus, I’m involved in a variety of organizations: Health Occupation Students of America, Student Health Advisory Board, Dhirana, Coalition of Pre-Health Students and SAFE! When I’m not in class or meetings, I usually spend my time at my research lab or volunteering at hospitals and local organizations across Pittsburgh. I was first exposed to the topic of sexual violence when I was in high school. Through an organization at my high school, I had the opportunity to volunteer at a local non-profit organization that supported sexual assault survivors. Being able to talk to these survivors about such a prevalent topic in our society really opened my eyes to the importance of sexual violence prevention efforts, which is what lead me to joining SAFE. I can’t wait to see the impact I can make on my campus community as a SAFE Peer educator, the same way the survivors I met were able to impact me.
I am a junior nursing major with a minor in gender sexuality and women's studies. I am originally from Shippensburg PA and fell in the love with Pitt the moment I stepped foot on campus. Along with being a SAFE peer educator I am a sister of Theta Phi Alpha on campus. I became involved with SAFE because this work truly matters and being able to see in real life the impact our workshops make gives me hope that one day sexual assault on college campuses won’t be as nearly as high as it is now. Through these workshops I hope to empower survivors to speak up about their experience and let others know they are not alone. Sexual assault on campus must come to an end and I am proud to be a part of this amazing organization.
Hi! My name is Claire Engels (she/her/hers) from Hackettstown NJ! I am a junior social work student, and hope to get a masters degree to become a medical social worker. I also work at the Stress Free Zone on campus. I believe sexual violence prevention should be at the highest priority on a college campus and should be a collaborative effort! My favorite program to present is Healthy Relationships.
Hi! My name is Eva (she/her/hers), and I am a Junior (Class of 2021) Nursing Student with a minor in Public Service. As well as being a SAFE Peer Educator, I am also involved in multiple service organizations at Pitt including MEDLIFE and Oakland Outreach. In my free time I am working to become a yoga instructor! The efforts to combat sexual assault, harassment, and abuse is one that I am very passionate about. I love how discussion-based our classes are because I end up learning more and more with every session I lead or observe! My overarching goal is to empower survivors through this work
Hi! I'm Kirsten (no pronoun preference). I'm one of those just-outside-of-Philly people (from Broomall), an environmental engineering major, and a creative writing minor. Along with SAFE, I'm a member of OSTEM and the Chancellor's coalition on sexual violence at Pitt, Vice President of SECCS, and have completed PACC's bystander intervention program. I've been a peer educator since my freshman year. I became interested in intimacy, sex, and sexuality when my sixth grade health teacher made it seem like a taboo thing no one was supposed to talk about. When I came to Pitt, I learned the definitions to a few things my high school teachers had left out of my education, things like "consent" and "unhealthy relationships". I've been dedicated to having and leading discussions about consent, healthy relationships, and bystander intervention ever since, partly because it's how I process what's happened in my life and partly because these conversations are crucial, and I refuse to be at a university that won't have them.
Hello! My name is Paige Jones (she/her/hers)! I am from Pittsburgh, PA and am a graduate student at the University of Pittsburgh, studying social work in the Community, Organization, and Social Action (COSA) specialization! I will graduate in December 2020 with my MSW. I am currently interning at the University Counseling Center, where I am able to use outreach as an intervention by working with SAFE Peer Educators and facilitating workshops such as healthy relationships and communication, anxiety and stress management, and mindful self-care! My favorite part about working with SAFE is being able educate the Pitt community on sexual violence prevention via social media.
Quinn Murphy (He/They) is in his first-year at Pitt studying Theatre Arts and Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies. Outside of SAFE, Quinn is involved with several theater clubs on campus and has been involved in various UP Stages productions. Additionally, Quinn just started work on a research project concerning black theater post-Civil War with faculty in the Theatre Arts department. Quinn joined SAFE because he realizes the importance of peer education and how effective it can be and hopes that his work with SAFE can contribute to positive cultural changes around sexual assault awareness and prevention.